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noun Biology.
the sexual reproductive cell at any stage from the primordial cell to the mature gamete.
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Origin of germ cell

First recorded in 1850–55
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British Dictionary definitions for germ cell

germ cell

noun
a sexual reproductive cell; gameteCompare somatic cell
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Scientific definitions for germ cell

germ cell

One of the diploid cells in the reproductive organs of a multicellular organism that undergo division and are the precursors of haploid gametes, such as a spermatogonium or oogonium.
See gamete.
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